Former Leeds United favourite leaves England squad and will not return to World Cup

Ex-Leeds United defender Ben White has left England’s World Cup base in Al Wakrah, Qatar and has returned to the United Kingdom
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White has departed England’s training base due to personal reasons and is expected to remain in the U.K. for the remainder of the tournament, a statement by the Football Association revealed this week.

"Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons. The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time,” it read.

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The former Leeds United defender was named on the substitutes’ bench during each of England’s two opening Group B fixtures at the FIFA World Cup, but was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s selection during the Three Lions’ 3-0 victory over Wales which helped top the group.

England's midfielder Kalvin Phillips (L) and England's defender Ben White take part in a  training session at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, on November 20, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament Group B match between England and Iran. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)England's midfielder Kalvin Phillips (L) and England's defender Ben White take part in a  training session at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, on November 20, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament Group B match between England and Iran. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
England's midfielder Kalvin Phillips (L) and England's defender Ben White take part in a training session at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, on November 20, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament Group B match between England and Iran. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

No further information has been provided by the FA, however White’s club side Arsenal shared an update on Wednesday which said: “We’re all with you, Ben.” The 25-year-old has earned four caps for his country, all of which have been in international friendlies. He was selected in Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad last summer but did not feature off the bench. White’s most recent England outing came in the friendly win over Cote d’Ivoire back in March.